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Tag Archives: dogs

Stories from the surgery: mammary cancer in dogs and the importance of spaying

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Each month Petplan vet Brian Faulkner takes a look at some of the issues he comes across in his day-to-day life as a practising vet.

This month Brian discusses a worrying increase in the number of cases of mammary cancers in dogs that he has seen in the past few years…

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How to keep your pets safe and healthy during autumn

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Autumn can be a great time of year – the chunky scarves and thick coats come out, your garden becomes a blaze of reds and yellows, and, of course, there’s the joy of letting your cat or dog leap about in piles of crisp leaves.

However it’s vital to keep in mind that, while autumn can be fun, it can also play host to a variety of problems for your pet.

Petplan looks at some of the things you need to keep an eye out for…

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Bringing home a new puppy? How to deal with the first 24 hours

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Bringing a new puppy home for the first time is an incredibly exciting time for the whole family – but lack of planning and preparation can make those early days stressful.

Petplan takes a look at the things you need to consider to make the first 24 hours with your new puppy as stress-free as possible.

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Injured cats and dogs: what to do if you find an animal in distress

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Finding a sick or injured cat or dog can be an incredibly distressing experience and presents a myriad of difficult questions.

Should I approach them? Who should I call? Do they have an owner?

Petplan takes a look at the things you should do to ensure that you stay safe and the animal receives the best possible care and attention…

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How to plan ahead and make bonfire night fireworks more bearable for your cat, dog or rabbit

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Fireworks are a great antidote for the cold weather blues, and can be enormous fun for all of the family. However, one member who may not be so enamoured is your pet.

Cats, dogs and rabbits have no understanding of what’s going on, and things such as bright flashes and loud noises may spook animals of even the most relaxed dispositions.

This will manifest itself in scared or stressed behaviour such as attempting to run away, toileting in the house, refusing to eat, destructiveness and trembling.

It doesn’t have to be this way though and by ignoring the problem -such behaviours can manifest year on year. Thankfully, there are things you can do in the weeks building up to the event to reduce your pet’s distress during this time, and build up their tolerance to loud noises and flashes…

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Top tips for moving house with a cat or dog

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Moving home can be an incredibly difficult time – and if you add a cat or a dog into the mix then things become even more challenging.

It’s often stressful enough when you understand what’s going on, so imagine how it must be for your pet, who has no comprehension of what the upheaval is all about.

Their home is being emptied, there are strange noises, unusual smells and new people entering and leaving – and that’s all before you’ve actually moved.

However, there are various ways to help minimise the stress of moving house for your pet. Here are Petplan’s top tips to do just that…

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Pet paw care: how to ensure your cat or dog’s feet are pedicured perfection

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The way cats and dogs scamper over concrete, grass and sand without a care can give the impression their paws are tough as old boots – but the reality is very different and it’s vital you make sure their paws are well looked after.

Here are Petplan’s top tips for making sure your pet’s feet stay in top condition all year around…

It’s important to remember the below is general advice for looking after your pet’s paws. If you have any concerns or are worried about your pet, then your first port of call should always be your vet.

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Big dog breeds: what to consider when buying Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and more

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Living with a large, boisterous dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

However, whilst a big dog can be perfect for many people, potential owners should be aware of many different considerations including the extra space needed, the cost of feeding such large pets, whether they are suitable around your children, and the extra exercise required.

Amongst the most important considerations though are the health problems and reduced life expectancy of many large breeds.

Petplan takes a look at five of the most popular big dog breeds and what you need to consider if you’re considering purchasing one…

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Summer BBQ pet safety: how to keep your cat or dog safe

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In the summer time, our pets can often appear to enjoy a BBQ just as much as we do.

The opportunity to be surrounded by lots of meat sizzling away, smelling fantastic and tasting great can prove irresistible.

However, it’s important to remember that BBQ’s can also be dangerous for pets, so here are Petplan’s top tips for keeping your cats and dogs safe and happy during the BBQ season…

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Dog and cat grooming: why it’s not just Crufts entrants that need care and attention

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Pet grooming is often perceived as being purely for beauty, but in reality it’s hugely important for their health and wellbeing – even if you’re not planning to enter them in Crufts.

How often you groom your pet will depend on a number of factors (such as the length of their coat) but it’s an important part of every pet’s routine.

Grooming can help you spot fleas, bumps and cuts as well as skin problems – and will also help you bond with your pet.

Petplan has put together some useful tips to help you get started with dog and cat grooming…

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